What is a TERZ?

What is a TERZ?

Terz guitar (Terz meaning third) refers to either a small sized classical guitar or to the practice of tuning a standard guitar a minor third higher than standard guitar tuning (as though a capo were on the third fret of the guitar).

What is the most iconic Martin guitar?

His experiments with design created the shape and sound of the American flat-top acoustic guitar you know today. Some decades later, Frank Henry Martin produced the Dreadnought, arguably the most important, most influential guitar body ever built.

What is TERZ tuning?

Terz tuning, also known as Raised G Tuning, is G C F A# D G from low to high and is simply standard tuning E A D G B E raised by the interval of a Minor Third. It is the tuned equivalent of capoing standard tuning at the third fret.

What do they call a four string guitar?

The tenor guitar or four-string guitar is a slightly smaller, four-string relative of the steel-string acoustic guitar or electric guitar. The instrument was initially developed in its acoustic form by Gibson and C.F. Martin so that players of the four-string tenor banjo could double on guitar.

Which guitars are easiest to play?

Electric guitars are generally the easiest to play: the strings are usually thinner, the ‘action’ is lower and therefore the strings are easier to press down. The necks are generally narrower too which can help in the early stages.

How big is a 5 Terz Martin guitar?

Guitars were offered in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, with the largest (size 1) measuring 12.75″ wide and the smallest being the size 5 terz. The very rare size 4 was also designated a terz.

Who was the maker of the terz guitar?

Terz guitars were produced by many 19th-century Germanic makers, and many European composers in the early/mid 19th century – most notably Giuliani and Sor – wrote solo and ensemble music that included parts for terz guitar. C.F. Martin, Sr. was deeply influenced by the designs of Johan Stauffer and was familiar with Stauffer’s terz guitars.

Can a normal guitar be used as a terz guitar?

So common was the terz guitar for ensembles, that it was assumed. The terz guitar does not seem to have been used for solo music, although there would be no need to indicate that, since any guitar score could be played on a terz guitar or a normal guitar.

What kind of guitar did C F Martin play?

C.F. Martin, Sr. was deeply influenced by the designs of Johan Stauffer and was familiar with Stauffer’s terz guitars. Some surviving Martins of the 1830s and ’40s are terz guitars, and have a scale of 22″. From the 1840s through the 1850s, Martin’s style designation system became increasingly standardized.

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